Monthly Archives: August 2013

Barksdale’s Charge: New book by Dr. Phillip Thomas Tucker

It was perhaps his finest hour as a military officer. It was also his last. In the late afternoon of July 2, 1863, Confederate Brigadier General William Barksdale led his veteran Mississippians forward on the Second Day of the Battle … Continue reading

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Sharp political differences led to rowdiness in Lower Windsor Township

In September 1863, the York Gazette reported on a political event in southeastern York County, Pa., in which “Abolition rowdies” attempted to disrupt a meeting of Democrats in Lower Windsor Township. The township had for the past few years been … Continue reading

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Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg

Schmucker Hall at the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary has a long and storied history, playing roles in the Underground Railroad movement, the education of generations of religious leaders, and as a hospital and observation post during the 1863 Battle of … Continue reading

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Stonewall Jackson and Winchester, Virginia is Topic at York CWRT on August 21

The York CWRT will feature author and historian Jerry W. Holsworth at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St. in downtown York, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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S. Thomas Summers issues second book of Civil War poetry

S. Thomas Summers is a teacher of Writing and Literature at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, NJ and an adjunct writing professor at Passaic County Community College in Wanaque, NJ. Mr. Summers is an accomplished and well regarded poet … Continue reading

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Hanover Junction, Pa. man murdered by Union soldiers in Maryland

Hanover Junction, Pennsylvania, has a storied history, including visits by several presidents such as Abraham Lincoln. An important railroad intersection during the Civil War, more than 11,000 wounded soldiers were evacuated by rail from the Gettysburg battlefield through the junction … Continue reading

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September 1862: Horse thieves arrested on Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge

Most of the newspaper articles in the Mid-Atlantic region from mid to late September 1862 focused heavily on the Battle of Antietam/Sharpsburg down in Maryland. York Countians fought there in the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry. Back on the home front, the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Filmmaker Jake Boritt to Speak at Lancaster CWRT

Lancaster Civil War Round Table welcomes acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jake Boritt who will deliver a special presentation at Lititz Public Library on Thursday August 15 at 7:00 p.m. Boritt will be discussing his film ‘The Gettysburg Story’ which will air … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s funeral train at York: a Philadelphia newsman’s account

On April 21, 1865, in a cold, steady spring rain, a funeral train carrying the remains of slain President Abraham Lincoln solemnly steamed through York County on the tracks of the Northern Central Railway. Thousands of mourners and curiosity seekers, … Continue reading

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Common (and not so common!) myths of the Gettysburg Campaign: Part 2

Background: Part 1 7) Abraham Lincoln wrote part of his Gettysburg Address on the train while at Hanover Junction — One old account says that a small boy peeked into the window while Lincoln’s train was parked at Hanover Junction, … Continue reading

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